The Baltimore Ravens rebounded from their Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers by topping the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 and will take on a New England Patriots team that’s fighting to keep its playoff dreams alive.
The Ravens have one of the better rushing attacks in the NFL but have struggled throwing the football. They rank dead last in passing yards but hope the recently-signed Dez Bryant can provide significant support for Lamar Jackson through the air alongside Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. Baltimore’s defense is as good as it’s ever been, but the reigning MVP’s team has looked very one-dimensional on offense.
The Patriots dealt with a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. Cam Newton appears to be turning things around after falling into a slump following a positive Covid-19 test. He’s been forced to lean on Jakobi Meyers out wide because of injuries to Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry and hasn’t done have bad with them. The Ravens are well-equipped to stop the run and the pass though, so Newton could have to take things into his own hands often to keep the game competitive.
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, $7,100
Jackson is averaging nearly twice as many DKFP per game than any of his teammates. He fuels Baltimore’s offense and leads the rushing attack. If the Ravens’ offense booms it’ll be because of their quarterback’s versatility. This price point is a steal given what he’s capable of.
Ravens, D/ST, $3,900
The Patriots are spread thin on offense and will be up against the top D/ST in the league. The Ravens have allowed the least points (136) in the NFL and lead the league in fumble recoveries (11) and defensive touchdowns (3). Newton could be running fir his life in this one and his skeleton crew receiving corps could struggle too.
Cam Newton, Quarterback, $5,600
Newton doesn’t have much passing upside but is among the league leaders with eight rushing scores. He’s as important to his team’s offense as Jackson is the the Ravens’. Newton is the Patriots’ favorite scoring option in the red zone.
Jakobi Meyers, Wide Receiver, $4,500
Meyers has become a favorite of Newton’s since Edelman and Harry went down with injuries. He’s notched at least 10 targets in two straight games and has become the go-to guy out wide. It won’t be easy to replicate his recent production against the Ravens’ star-studded secondary, but he’s cheap enough to justify playing.